University entrance qualifications
What is the German Higher Education Entrance Qualification?
The Hochschulzugangsberechtigung or HZB (higher education entrance qualification) is the certificate, qualifications or proof of studies to show that you have completed a secondary education level. There are different HZB types, some will be sufficient to qualify you for entrance to the university and some will not.
If your qualification is not accepted you may have to take a Studienkolleg (foundation course) and a German language test in order to be able to enroll in a course. This course takes one or two semesters, depending on your abilities, and you must pass an entrance exam afterwards. You can check the DAAD entrance qualification database to see if your qualifications are recognized in Germany.
In some cases, a submission of examples of your work may be accepted instead of the academic qualification. In other cases, an aptitude test can be taken to prove your abilities. The TestAS or Test für Ausländische Studierende (test for foreign students) consists of a general module for all students and a second one covering your field of interest.
What are the entry requirements to study abroad in Germany?
The exact requirements needed will depend on the specific course you are interested in taking. The International Office at the university can help you to understand all of the entry requirements that apply to you.
If you need to take a language proficiency or aptitude test ensure that you apply and prepare for the test in plenty of time before your course starts. Similarly, all of your documents should be prepared several months in advance. Allow yourself enough time to have everything ready and make changes, if needed.
In addition to any academic requirements, you will need to apply for a student visa, and Expatrio can help you to open a blocked bank account and secure health insurance.